* Posts by john bertelsen

17 posts • joined 17 Jan 2009

User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

john bertelsen

Re: Government staff: need I say more?

A dept manager called and said "The net is down." Turned out that the printer he was trying to print to was out of paper.

I always have to prompt the user to tell me what's really going on. To non-IT people the functioning of systems is a black box. It's not there job to know otherwise unless they are somehow personally interested.

But it is still funny... cute like hearing a two year old trying to talk. (or annoying if that's your point of view)

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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

john bertelsen

Our state IT workers were quick enough to move server out of the basement of the state office building in Waterbury, Vermont as Hurricane Irene poured rain into the nearby river. Some of them lost their cars in the parking lot, but they saved the servers....on a weekend.

Much of the central part of the state was paralyzed for weeks and the state workers did not get new digs for several years, but at least they were able to operate.

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

john bertelsen

...you forgot ....

That's the way I've always done it, and it always worked. (It isn't, and it hasn't).

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

john bertelsen

Re: Meh...

I think the PFY hit him with a phone book fired out of the ether cannon built into his filing cabinet. Pushing out the window without either pyrotechnics or electricity (cattle prod) is lame.

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

john bertelsen

"The Net is down"

My favorite, all time luser statement:

One of our managers calls me and says, "The Net is down!"

I check it out. Turns out the printer he is trying to print to is out of paper.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

john bertelsen

Re: Rigorous backup processes...

Or Dilbert

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-09-02/

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Experts stroke beards over LOHAN's vacuity

john bertelsen

Vote for vacuum accumulator

I support the idea of a vacuum accumulator to sustain the low pressure in the firing chamber as long as possible. The tube between the REHAB chamber and the accumulator needs to be large enough to accommodate the sudden change in pressure inside REHAB when the motor fires.

The cost not mentioned is that it will take much longer for the pump to achieve the targeted low pressure.

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Publisher hails CS Lewis 'space trilogy' e-book debut

john bertelsen

CSL Space Trilogy

IIRC Lewis insisted that these were not to taken as biblical parallels, but I don't buy that.

Peralandra is somewhat tedious because of the long debate that takes place, but the series is definitely worth a read.

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LOHAN demonstrates impressive sucking skills

john bertelsen
Big Brother

Re: Low pressure only until ignintion, right?

Why not add a second chamber to the system to act as a vacuum accumulator? It will enable the pressure to drop more slowly after the motor ignites.

If the accumulator sits between the pump and the chamber, it will reduce the amount of hot gasses ingested by the pump while firing the motor.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

john bertelsen
FAIL

Any Kevin Costner movie........

....except Dances With Wolves. He had so few speaking lines because there was nobody to talk with because most of the characters did not speak English. Robin Hood (boring, liked the Mel Brooks version MUCH more) and Message In A Bottle (stiff, unbelievable) both really bad. Fortunately I avoided seeing Waterworld.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

john bertelsen
Holmes

Re: Darned youngsters.

That would be ARCNet cards more than likely!

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

john bertelsen
Happy

Glimpse of PARIS

Aren't there a couple of quick tiny glimpses of PARIS well after release?

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BOFH: Join the club

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Coffee/keyboard

Clueless Boss .........

.....wheels spinning in the sand...........

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Apple touts tips to sidestep iPod earphone electric shocks

john bertelsen

Headset shocks

I have experienced shocks from headphones while riding a bicycle on rollers. It happens when the audio device is NOT in your pocket and static builds up from the rollers and discharges through the headphones. It is actually quite a blast right in the ear. I'm amazed it didn't fry the audio (CD) player.

Naturally I use a different music setup during our cold northern winters when I need the miles and our heating system dries the air.

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Hackers demand $10m ransom for Virginia medical data

john bertelsen

Someone has been reading .............

..........."Burn After Reading".

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Red Dwarf finally returns to Earth

john bertelsen
Flame

Chicken Vindaloo

I will be brewing a big batch of chicken vindaloo in celebration!

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Cops taser JCB thief in 'slowest police chase ever'

john bertelsen

Tracked JCB

Years ago (1980's) JCB used to make a tracked front end loader. It was quite quick. Had the opportunity to operate one briefly moving some snow around.

J

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